June 21, 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about all things women and politics from the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

A Milestone for Women in American Politics
The designation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president marks an historic moment: the first time a woman will be a major party's presidential nominee.  CAWP scholar Kelly Dittmar  pointed out that the upcoming election will provide not only an historic milestone, but also plenty of new opportunities to examine gender dynamics. Don't forget to visit Presidential Gender Watch regularly to get the latest updates on gender in the presidential contest. And if you want to know about women who preceded Clinton in seeking the presidency,  here's the info.

Who Talks About It?
Cable news programs feature experts with direct knowledge of the subject at hand dissecting the day's events, right? So if a woman became a major party's nominee for president, the analysts would include a lot of women, right? Wrong. CAWP director Debbie Walsh joined GenderAvenger.com  's Gina Glantz and the Women's Media Center's Julie Burton to pen an op-ed in USA Today  laying out the numbers, drawn from research for WhoTalks? , a joint project of the three organizations. Spoiler alert: CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° does best; Fox's The Kelly File does worst.

More Than One Milestone
Want to see more about historic moments for women in U.S. political history? Take a look at Milestones for Women in American Politics , a new timeline on CAWP's website. From Seneca Falls to the 2016 presidential race, it highlights important firsts and foundings. If you're unfamiliar with Susanna Salter or Crystal Dreda Bird Fauset or Consuelo Bailey, you can learn about them (and find out which one is pictured here)!
34 New Leaders for New Jersey
The 20th edition of NEW Leadership™ NJ brought 34 students from 27 colleges and universities to New Brunswick for six intensive days of learning, networking, and testing their leadership skills. The students heard heartfelt and empowering remarks from keynoter Leecia Eve, Verizon's vice president for state government affairs for NJ, NY and CT. They visited Trenton, where they were encouraged in their leadership pursuits by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Sen. Linda Greenstein; a panel on careers in government that day featured two NEWL NJ alumnae. An action project focused on criminal justice saw the students playing roles as activists and US Senators, arguing the merits of sentencing reform. The dedicated and enthusiastic faculty in residence (FIRs) who stayed with the students throughout the program were Wendy Martinez,  principal, 1868 Public Affairs; Representative Karen Camper, Tennessee State Legislature; and Amanda Woloshen, district director for Congressman Leonard Lance. At the conclusion of the program, one student reported that, "NEW Leadership has made me believe that I am completely capable of working in politics and making positive changes in my community," while another said, "I now think more positively about politics and can see myself more as a leader because of NEW Leadership™." 
Summer Project: See Where Women Have Made History!
Looking for a summer adventure that includes both fun and learning? Check out the Programs and Places  on our Teach a Girl to Lead website, where you'll find a state-by-state map full of possibilities. Whether you're visiting California, Connecticut or Colorado, go someplace where you can discover women who have made a difference!
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This Moment in History
Among those providing historical perspectives on the presidential race were The Guardian , The Washington Post , Vox (noting that most Americans don't view the nomination as "historic"), CNN and The New York Times .
Fewer GOP Women in the House?
That's the prospect foretold by Roll Call , reviewing the roster of current Republican House members and noting that at least three are not returning.
Are Women More Bipartisan in Practice?
Yes and no, say Rutgers graduate students Mary Nugent and Catherine Wineinger in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage.  They cite evidence of where women do collaborate more than their male colleagues, as well as studies that have not shown such differences.
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